JENN KELLY

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Book Signings and Parties

Actually, it was only one party. But we’ll get to that in a minute.

So I had my first book signing exactly one week ago at Chapters Kanata. I had a lovely new friend come over and blow out my hair so it was lovely and long and straight. Then I put on my best striped socks and off to Chapters. The time was for 1-3, but I got there at 12:30 and immediately people started coming. Granted, most of  them were friends and well-wishers, which totally made my heart feel special, but I did get to meet some new kids and talk to them.  There are so many lovely kids out there…  I believe Chapters sold 28 books, so I was very  happy. Then we rushed home, I threw on my sparkly dress and drove to Gigi’s house for the party.

Oh the party!

64 people dressed to impress with lots of food, laughing and encouragement. The best part was when hubby had people go up and say lovely and encouraging things to me. I cried for half an hour straight. It was beautiful. The best part was when m.i.l was talking and I kid you not I had no idea it was even purcolating, but I farted right in the middle of her speech.  And it didn’t help that I said, “oh!” right afterwards. It just fell out. Hubby grunted and cleared his throat to make everyone think it was him but I immediately got the giggles. Ah the joys of humility! It was a very special night.

Last night was another book signing, but at Pinecrest Chapters from 6-9. It wasn’t as busy but more friends came to encourage me (which I loved, loved, loved!) and I met some new kids and some new teachers. That was fun too. But so tiring! You forget to eat! Which is bad. Must recuperate from crazy week.  Must eat healthy foods and cleansing teas. Am fighting a cold. Not happy about that.

I have to say though, about mid-way through the week I felt a renewed sense of … urgency. To get this second book written (besides the fact that it’s due in 4 weeks?) but I feel that this could be a great book as well. I’m not saying the first book is great … actually, yes I am. It’s a great book and I’m really proud of it.  And now it’s time to write another. 

How blessed am I that I can use my gifts to do something I love…

Watching: finished Ironman. Am waiting until Tuesday for second one. Love it.

Reading: Jack London’s ‘The Wild’. I think that’s what it’s called. Scary beginning. So vivid!

Drinking: green tea. ick. but so good for you.

Listening to: the gaffer play in the bath. He has a cold too. Poor kid.

Ideas for Launch Party

I do plan on having a huge party in December for specific guests to launch my book. The question is, how to make it fantastically wonderful, with minimum amount of cash?

I want it to be a frivolous party. A party where people dress in frivolousness. I want white twinkly lights everywhere. I want the jazzy music playing that I listened to while I wrote the book. I need a disco ball.

I think I need to serve chocolate chip cookies.

Hm…a cookie party? I know cupcakes are a big deal in the states. But what about cookies? Wouldn’t it be cool if I could make cookie cutouts of my characters? How cool would that be?

Where am I supposed to find a welder?

Book: Pride and Prejudice. Just finished Coastliners by Johanne Harris

Music: boiling of eggs

Movie: Batman

Food: dark icy squares

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